It will be a long trip home for the Melbourne Vixens who have gone down to the formidable force that is West Coast Fever in Perth tonight.
With both teams coming off disappointing losses last week and securing a spot in the finals on the line, the competition was on before the first whistle.
A turnover on the Vixens’ first centre pass started Fever up for the match who were up 3-0 in the first minute.
While Fever maintained the lead, the Vixens stuck with them and were within reach until just before half time, when Fever managed to break away to an eleven-goal lead, two bonus points in the bag.
A halftime address from 100-game coach Simone McKinnis spurred the Vixens on, managing to come within seven goals and claiming the third quarter bonus point.
The third quarter run wasn’t enough, with the home side defeating the Vixens by 13 goals.
Head coach Simone McKinnis credited Fever on their performance.
“I don’t think we were in the contest from the word go, to be honest,” said McKinnis.
“Fever played exceptionally well from start to finish and didn’t allow us to get into it.
“We never should have allowed ourselves to get into that position but credit to Fever and the performance they put out.”
A finals berth could be decided in the final game of the Suncorp Super Netball season when the Vixens host reigning premiers Sunshine Coast Lightning next Sunday.